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Schmidt, I hadn’t seen the thread or perhaps I did and simply passed it by.
I read the speech out loud to Mrs. Bird this morning. It certainly applies to the vast majority of people. I would say that I was like the young fish many times although having grown up being teased and occasionally bullied I would like to think that I engaged in thinking perhaps more often.
I did notice two things that jumped into my head after reading the speech.
Imo, Trump suffers from at the very least worship of money. He can never have enough. I remember reading somewhere that the utility or enjoyment of money decreases as the amount you have increases. The last million you make doesn’t make you more happy than the first million. I would also say Trump has tremendous psychological and emotional issues after reading David Cay Johnston’s book on Trump.
The other thing is that capitalism focuses on precisely the self-centered worldview. Adam Smith was a moralist which neoclassical economists and conservative politician either don’t know or choose to ignore. Capitalism as practiced today is without moral center. It is actually amoral at best and immoral at worst.